Lomachenko stops Linares in 10th, wins lightweight title
ABS-CBN Sports on May 13, 2018 11:03 AM
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round of their lightweight championship fight Saturday night, winning a title in his third weight class in just his 12th pro bout.
Lomachenko landed a hard left to the body during a flurry of precision punches that sent Linares went to a knee. Linares finally got up just as the count was reaching 10 but referee Ricky Gonzalez called an end to the fight at 2:08 of the round.
Linares knocked down Lomachenko in the sixth and it appeared to be a close fight before Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) put an overpowering end to his first fight at 135 pounds, adding that title to his belts at 126 and 130 pounds.
Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) hadn't lost since 2012 and used his size advantage to do some damage, but in the end Lomachenko did more.